Ready up with MLB The Show 21 gameplay details

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Ready up with MLB The Show 21 gameplay details

Details on new and redone animations, Casual mode, two-way players, and more.

Happy Thursday! Spring Training is winding down and the 2021 Major League Baseball season is right around the corner. Everyone on our team is excited to show you the first extended look at MLB The Show 21. We’ve got so much more to reveal, including a special legends trailer coming out in a few weeks.

Ready up with MLB The Show 21 gameplay details

We at San Diego Studio are very excited for the release of MLB The Show 21, our first PlayStation 5 and first multi-platform (with cross play*) iteration of The Show. We’ve been working on a lot of great new features for all our fans, returning and new. Here are just a few of the new additions to look forward to with MLB The Show 21’s gameplay:

The friendliest Show yet

Learn the ropes so you, too, can make impressive off-the-wall catches and notch up your gameplay. We have added a route to ball indicator to help you in the field, improved the throw accuracy meter to help you show off your cannon, and have built in assists to make jumps and dives more intuitive. New to MLB The Show, Casual mode teaches you all the gameplay mechanics of The Show while letting you hit dingers to your heart’s content.

Two-way player

For the first time in MLB The Show, your Ballplayer can be a two-way player, expanding flexibility in player position options. Enjoy a revamped player progression system that emphasizes adaptability and variety. Finally use your centralized ballplayer in Road to the Show, online in Diamond Dynasty, Programs and Moments.

Animations & stances 

You want bat flips? We have bat flips. In fact, we have added over 100 new personalized bat flips, home run swings, and bat tosses. We’ve also got 140 new batting stances, 250 redone batting stances, 160 new pitching animations, 180 redone pitching animations, and more than 1,000 new fielding animations.

Stadium Creator

Fans of MLB The Show have patiently waited for the ability to build their dream ballpark in-game, and we are happy to say that the wait is nearly over. Available on the PlayStation 5 version, MLB The Show 21 gives you the ability to build and customize stadiums with over 1,000 pieces ranging from foul poles, signs, buildings, and much more. The developers have designed specific stadium kits ranging from realistic to fantasy, giving players the ability to create bespoke layouts, dimensions, wall heights, and more while being able to use created stadiums in both Diamond Dynasty and Franchise modes. With an internet connection, the fun doesn’t stop there as players can share, edit and play in stadiums created by fellow MLB The Show community members, too.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, plenty of info to come on Ballplayer, Franchise/March to October, Diamond Dynasty and more…

MLB The Show 21 launches everywhere on April 20, 2021. Pre-Order digitally to receive a Gold Choice pack.

MLB The Show 21 Feature Premieres 

Have you heard about MLB The Show 21 features like pinpoint pitching, new gameplay styles, and our fielding overhaul? So far, we’ve released the first two Feature Premiere videos that cover these and many more with in-depth commentary from the developers at San Diego Studio. If you missed them, don’t worry as they are both archived on The remaining videos will be broadcasting simultaneously across Twitch, YouTube and Facebook Live. Similar to our live streams in previous years, Feature Premieres will provide an in-depth look of new features and changes that we’ve been working to make this year’s game better than its predecessor. Continue to clear your schedules on Thursday afternoons as a new Feature Premiere will air every Thursday at 3 PM PT until launch.

Remaining Feature Premiere Schedule:

  • Ball Player introduction, more variety, and ways to play and ever before
  • Franchise and MTO empowers you to make decisions for the future
  • MLB The Show goes Next Gen
  • Diamond Dynasty streamlined with new paths to rewards 

Having a hard time waiting? Early Access to MLB The Show 21 is available beginning at 9pm PT on April 15, 2021 with any Collector’s Edition purchase (Jackie Robinson Edition, Jackie Robinson Deluxe Edition, or Digital Deluxe Edition).

PlayStation will donate $1 to the Jackie Robinson Foundation for every MLB The Show 21 Collector’s Edition sold in the US from when pre-orders open through December 31, 2021. Donations will establish the Jackie Robinson Foundation MLB The Show Scholars supported by PlayStation Career Pathways to help reduce the achievement gap in higher education. Visit for more information about the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

*Online multiplayer features require internet connection and console-specific online multiplayer subscription

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